Los Angeles Preps: Mission Prep

CIF state girls basketball finals preview

March, 21, 2012
Division I

Mater Dei of Santa Ana vs. Berkeley

Mater Dei (34-1) meets Berkeley (27-2) in the Division I championship game for the second year in a row. Mater Dei won last season's game, 59-47. For Mater Dei, this will be the Monarchs’ fifth trip to the CIF state final. They are in search of their third straight championship. UCLA-bound Nirra Fields, the Gatorade state player of the year, scored 20 points against Long Beach Poly in the Southern California Regional final. Berkeley is making its record-setting 11th appearance in the CIF state championship game. Elisha Davis, who’s headed to Arizona State, scored 17 points and made four 3-pointers, against Kennedy of Sacramento in the Northern California Regional final.

Division II

J.W. North of Riverside vs. Archbishop Mitty of San Jose

J.W. North won only four games last season. Now the Huskies from Riverside (31-5) are one win away from a state championship. First-year coach Leonard De Coud guided J.W. North to its first state championship appearance in school history. The Huskies beat Santa Ana Foothill, 57-49, in the Southern California Regional final. Priscilla Brooks led J.W. North with 17 points against Foothill. Archbishop Mitty (27-5) is making its ninth appearance in the CIF state championship game and its first since 2008. Kelli Hayes scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds against St. Mary’s from Stockton in the Northern California Regional final.

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Mission Prep takes Div. V regional title

March, 17, 2012

ONTARIO -- Mission Prep’s Jenna Dunbar started with the hot hand in the CIF Southern California Regional final against Rolling Hills Prep.

Her teammates, Kaylee Williams and Bri Harvey finished strong in Mission Prep’s 62-41 win over Rolling Hills in the Division V girls final at Colony High School on Saturday.

Dunbar scored 13 of her team-high 21 points in the first half. She scored in the lane and hit three 3-pointers in the first half.

Williams scored 10 of her 16 points in the second half and Harvey scored 13 points in Mission Prep’s first CIF Southern California Regional Division V championship since 2008.

“It’s a special group,” Mission Prep coach John Krossa said. “This is such a great group of girls.”

Krossa won his second CIF Southern California Regional championship with San Luis Obispo's Mission Prep (32-1). Mission Prep won back-to-back Division V championships in 2003 and 2004. The Royals went to three Division V championship games in a row in 2006-2008.

Dunbar scored 10 points in the first quarter and led her team to an 18-13 lead. She was 5-for-9 from the field in the first half and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the game. She also had seven assists and five rebounds.

Mission Prep led, 30-24, at halftime. Mar-Jana Phillips led Rolling Hills (21-5) with 15 points in the first half and scored 11 of her team’s 13 points in the first quarter.

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New divisions separate public, private

January, 11, 2012
The Daily News broke down the new CIF-Southern Section divisions for boys' and girls' basketball and found a huge disparity in public and private schools.

The biggest disparity is in Division 2A and 2AA. There are 16 public schools ranked in both divisions and no private schools.

Division 5A and 5AA is other way around, with 14 private schools and two public schools in both of the divisions.

Canyon Country Canyon is the No. 1 team in the Division 2A boys' basketball poll and Murrieta Valley is the No. 1 team in Division 2AA boys' basketball poll.

St. Bernard is the top team in the Division 5A boys' basketball poll. Burbank Providence is No. 1 in the Division 5AA boys' basketball poll.

On the girls side, Mark Keppel is No. 1 in Division 2A and Camarillo is No. 1 in Division 2AA.

Mission Prep is the top-ranked team in Division 5A and Rolling Hills Prep is tops in Division 5AA.

The Daily News contends some quality teams might be left out of the state playoffs because of the new divisions. For example, Crespi, the fifth-ranked team in Division 4AA, could win the Mission League and make a deep run in playoffs, but has to face Windward and Lutheran La Verne in the Southern Section playoffs.

Alemany, the top-ranked team in Division 3A, could finish behind Crespi in the Mission League standings, but will have an easier route through the Southern Section playoffs. St. John Bosco is ranked No. 2 and Santa Margarita is No. 3 in Division 3A.

Bottom line is that it looks as if the Southern Section divided the divisions by public and private schools, although officials will probably never admit to it. Division 3A has the closest mixture of public and private schools, 10 public and six private.